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Russia's contract with Capello will be anulled in case of team’s poor results — official

May 29, 2015, 9:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Capello’s contract accounts for around 20% of the Russian Football Union's budget
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Russia's head coach Fabio Capello

Russia's head coach Fabio Capello

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MOSCOW, May 29. /TASS/. The contract with the Russian national football team’s Head Coach Fabio Capello will be terminated in case the team fails to show satisfactory results, Nikolay Tolstykh, the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), told TASS on Friday.

"If the Russian team has no worthy sporting results, then in the framework of the labor legislation the contract will be severed," the RFU president said in an interview with TASS. "There are terms of a labor contract. And under certain terms of the Russian Labor Code all labor contracts, including with Capello, can be cancelled."

Russia’s daily Novaya Gazeta published late last month a copy of a contract inked by the RFU with Italian manager Capello in January of 2014.

In line with the document, which was signed until July 2018 and stipulated an annual salary of 7 million euros ($7.6 million) for the Italian coach, the RFU practically had no rights of severing the contract unilaterally without paying a penalty, while Capello was granted such opportunity.

Tolstykh said that the major source of the current financial problems in Russia’s football governing body is the lack of a targeted source of funding for Capello’s contract, which makes up about 20% of the organization’s budget.

Capello’s contract, which he initially signed in 2012 and extended for another four years in early 2014, was in the media spotlight late last year over the issue of wage arrears.

"When I took over the RFU, the organization had a debt of 840 million rubles ($16 million) inherited from the previous leadership. The debt was promised to be written off but it was not," Tolstykh said. "The RFU would have had a positive balance sheet if there had been no contract with Capello and the current debt If there had been no contract with Capello and this debt."

The RFU finances have been strained lately and Tolstykh, who heads the organization since September of 2012, announced on Wednesday that the Russian football governing body’s debts totaled some 1.4 billion rubles (almost $27.4).

Last month the RFU received an inquiry from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which wanted to know whether Russia’s football governing body possibly collaborated with companies Chestersen Ltd and FARO Management in signing the contract with Russian national team’s Head Coach Fabio Capello.

The OCCRP suspects the Italian manager of having additional sources of income. In April, RFU President Tolstykh told TASS that the contract with Capello was signed without the participation of any third party.

The OCCRP is a not-for-profit, joint program of a number of regional non-profit investigative centers and for profit independent media stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia, according to its official website.

The Russian national squad experienced a string of setbacks since early 2000s failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and 2010 championship in South Africa to the great dismay of the Russian football fans.

Things changed when Italian phenomenon Capello took over the team as the head coach in July of 2012 and managed to help the Russian national squad to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The team, however, failed to clear the first stage of the much-anticipated global tournament putting their coach in the center of stern criticism and raising serious concerns in the country about the team’s performance in the next World Cup, which would be hosted by Russia in 2018.

However, Russia did not severe the contract with Capello after the Russian team’s performance at the World Cup in Brazil and the Italian manager also decided to stay with the Russian squad as the head coach until the year of 2018 as stipulated by the contract terms.

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